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WEDNESDAY EDITION: I dragged the Honda 2000 portable gen out of the basement and attempted to use it with my 13 amp skill saw yesterday. It bogged down the generator and I could tell it was not putting out 110 volts. I checked with my Fluke voltmeter and it dipped to 75 volts when I turned the saw on and slowly made it up to 100 volts before gen motor started to stutter. Something wrong! I called Joe- JEK who has the same generator and told him my problem and he asked if I had the choke on...of course not I said, he said check it. So I went outside and looked at the gen running and sure enough I had the choke on but when I turned it off the engine would start to quit. Damn, the carb was screwed up and needed to be cleaned, it would only run with the choke on so it was starving for gas. Joe said it happened to him once and a good dose of SeaFoam carb cleaner would do the trick probably....so off to the parts store this morning and grab a can. If not, the carb has to come off and get take apart and clean out the main jet assembly....sounds like fun. I pride myself on using fuel stabilizer in the gas, etc....but shit happens I guess......Damn priests are lucky I am not the judge................Bartenders on the way out?.....Glad I was not on this flight....

FCC publish new Part 95 rules in Federal Register

The FCC has reorganized and updated FCC Personal Radio Services (PRS) Part 95 rules and published them in the The Federal Register

The ARRL says:

Among other things, the PRS covers the Family Radio Service (FRS), General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), and the Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS).

The revised rules allot additional FRS channels and increase the power on certain FRS channels from 0.5 W to 2 W. FRS channels are in the 462.5625 – 462.7250 MHz range.

Effective September 30, 2019, it will be illegal to manufacture or import handheld portable radio equipment capable of operating under FRS rules and under other licensed or licensed-by-rule services.

The FCC no longer will certify FRS devices that incorporate capabilities of GMRS capabilities or of other services. Existing GMRS/FRS combination radios that operate at power levels of less than 2 W ERP will be reclassified as FRS devices; existing GMRS/FRS radios that operate above that power level will be reclassified as GMRS devices, requiring an individual license.

Radios that can transmit on GMRS repeater input channels will continue to be licensed individually and not by rule.

Once the new rules are effective, CBers will be allowed to contact stations outside of the FCC-imposed — but widely disregarded — 155.3-mile distance limit.

Source ARRL
http://www.arrl.org/news/view/new-fcc-part-95-personal-radio-services-rules-published-in-the-federal-register

The Federal Register
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/29/2017-17395/personal-radio-service-reform

Texas Volunteer Examiner Setting Sights on Next 1,000 Exam Sessions

In July, Franz Laugermann, K3FL, of Houston, achieved a milestone that no other VEC has before by taking part as a Volunteer Examiner in his 1,000th exam session. And, he told ARRL, he’s far from finished.

“As long as I can be here, I’m gonna go on doing this,” he said, adding that he’s set his sights on 2,000 sessions. “It’s so rewarding to help other people through this.” He estimated that he’s helped about 5,000 people get their Amateur Radio licenses. At one recent session, a 10-year-old boy who passed the exam became the fourth generation in his family to get licensed through Laugermann, who also had conducted the testing sessions at which the boy’s father, grandfather, and great-grandfather earned their ham tickets.

Laugermann became an ARRL-accredited Volunteer Examiner (VE) in 1991. His wife Barbara, KA5QES, has been a VE nearly as long as her husband. Both are ARRL members.

Retired from the US. Army in 1975, Laugermann, 78, has been licensed since 1978 and has served as an Official Observer for 27 years and as a member of ARES®. He supported the ARES effort for Hurricane Harvey at the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Emergency Operation Center at Houston TranStar

Laugermann is also as an ordained deacon of the Galveston-Houston Roman Catholic Archdiocese.

He has been running VEC sessions at Houston TranStar for more than 16 years. “I like meeting new people,” Laugermann says, adding that when he talks to people young or old, he always encourages them to give Amateur Radio a try. “I tell them, ‘I don’t know everything, but I’ll tell you everything I do know,’” he said with a laugh.

He’s taken to telling his recent exam graduates to text him with their new call signs so he can keep an ear out for them when he’s on the air. “I’m retired, so I’m on the radio all day long,” he said.

TUESDAY EDITION: I think HRO needs to hire this guy to sell the high end HF rigs...the ARRL September digital edition of QST advertisements is available with a few articles thrown in as well...

Ham radio helps woman trace family

The Telegraph (India) reports a woman has been reunited with her family on Saturday, courtesy amateur radio operators of Bengal and Assam

Maziran Khatun of Kayakuchi Pathar village in Barpeta was spotted by some local residents and ham radio operators after she gave birth to a baby girl on a road in Diamond Harbour on July 21 and admitted to Diamond Harbour Super Speciality Hospital.

"Maziran was unable to recall anything initially, not even her name. After psychiatric treatment, her condition improved and she seemed to recollect pieces of information about her life. She eventually recalled that she is from Barpeta district," said Taheruddin Ahmed VU2TUO, vice-president of Amateur Radio Club of Assam.

Members of West Bengal Radio Club (Amateur Club), Ambarish Nag Biswas VU2JFA and Pampa Sahukkar, then got in touch with Ahmed on July 28, seeking help to trace the woman's residence.

Read the full story at
https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/north-east/ham-radio-helps-woman-trace-family-251767

Diwata-2 microsatellite nears completion, handover to Jaxa...more space junk...

The Philippine Diwata-2 satellite carrying an amateur radio FM transponder and APRS digipeater is expected to launch in October 

The Business Mirror reports:

The 50-kilogram satellite shall soon be sent into orbit by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through its partner, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa).

It should be recalled that the DOST had the Philippines’s first microsatellite—the maiden Diwata-1 that was designed, developed and assembled in Japan by nine pioneering Filipino engineers and scientists along with their “sensei” (instructors) from the Tohoku University (TU) and Hokkaido University (HU).

Diwata-1 was launched to the International Space Station onboard the Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft on March 23, 2016. It was deployed from the ISS into her orbit on April 27 by the Japanese Experimental Module (JEM)—”Kibo” or Hope—around 400 km above Earth’s surface.

Now, two years and  four months later, the government is about to unveil the second iteration of Diwata-1—named Diwata-2 targeted for launching onboard Jaxa’s H-IIA rocket from Tanegashima Island in Japan.

Ariston Gonzalez, a researcher/lead research and development engineer for PHL-Microsat at DOST-Asti, is quoted in the article as saying:

"All one has to do is tune in [a ham radio] to the frequency of Diwata-2 to send voice messages while the other party stands by to receive the voice message."

"Target use for ham radio [of Diwata-2] is for emergency situations wherein all commercial communications are down."

"What Diwata-2 does is to serve as a relay or connecting point for two persons communicating with each other,” he pointed out."

"One can also store messages on Diwata-2 that can be broadcasted repeatedly across and over the Philippines, such as prerecorded emergency messages in times of disasters, calamities and other kinds of emergency."

The IARU has coordinated these frequencies for Diwata-2:
- 145.900 MHz downlink
- 437.500 MHz uplink

MOTIVATION MONDAY EDITION: I got the stitches out of my face at 8am from recent surgery, didn't improve a damn thing....Nice to talk to Barry at HRO North this morning and order a few 35 amp power supplies and cords for the club repeater....Made a few cw contacts on 20 and 40, I still have the touch, too bad the band conditions suck....How about those Red Sox? Must be Trump's fault....I would rather listen to 3910 when they are their worst than listen to the nightly news anymore...Can't make this shit up.....Pirates are making a comeback.....

Indonesian amateurs using IO-86 for earthquake ecomm

As Radio Amateurs in Indonesia respond for the second time to an Earthquake in the Lombok area, please take care to avoid causing QRM to their activities on 7.110MHz and emergency activities on satellite IO-86.

The second powerful earthquake in the area killed at least 98 people and seriously injured more than 200 others. The electricity supply in the area is disrupted and the ORARI of West Nusa Tenggara Region led by YB9KA and YB9GV have taken action to cover areas with no cellular coverage including taking battery supplies to affected repeaters.

At the moment four repeaters are operating in the disaster area with ORARI HQ asking their Bali Island Region (the closest area) to provide further repeater support for use by emergency communications in Lombok.

ORARI HQ has also issued an official request to the nearest region, to help with both logistics and personnel to Lombok, and designating a National Frequency for the Lombok Earthquake at 7.110 MHz for HF, VHF on 145.500 MHz Simplex and 147.000 MHz Duplex, and also to activate ORARI Satellite LAPAN IO-86 to assist with communication.

The Central Java Region of the Indonesian Search And Rescue Council has sent a group of rescuers and vehicles, led by YB2QC the Operation and Technical Head of ORARI, to join the National Rescue Operation in Lombok and ORARI. Jakarta is also arranging the delivery of logistical assistance to Lombok.

NASA, ULA launch Parker Solar Probe on historic journey to touch Sun ..how much shit can we keep launching up in the air before we all have to wear hard hats to survive on earth?

Hours before the rise of the very star it will study, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched from Florida Sunday to begin its journey to the Sun, where it will undertake a landmark mission. The spacecraft will transmit its first science observations in December, beginning a revolution in our understanding of the star that makes life on Earth possible.

Roughly the size of a small car, the spacecraft lifted off at 3:31 a.m. EDT on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. At 5:33 a.m., the mission operations manager reported that the spacecraft was healthy and operating normally.

The mission’s findings will help researchers improve their forecasts of space weather events, which have the potential to damage satellites and harm astronauts on orbit, disrupt radio communications and, at their most severe, overwhelm power grids.

“This mission truly marks humanity’s first visit to a star that will have implications not just here on Earth, but how we better understand our universe,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. “We’ve accomplished something that decades ago, lived solely in the realm of science fiction.”

During the first week of its journey, the spacecraft will deploy its high-gain antenna and magnetometer boom. It also will perform the first of a two-part deployment of its electric field antennas. Instrument testing will begin in early September and last approximately four weeks, after which Parker Solar Probe can begin science operations.

“Today’s launch was the culmination of six decades of scientific study and millions of hours of effort,” said project manager Andy Driesman, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. “Now, Parker Solar Probe is operating normally and on its way to begin a seven-year mission of extreme science.”

Over the next two months, Parker Solar Probe will fly towards Venus, performing its first Venus gravity assist in early October – a maneuver a bit like a handbrake turn – that whips the spacecraft around the planet, using Venus’s gravity to trim the spacecraft’s orbit tighter around the Sun. This first flyby will place Parker Solar Probe in position in early November to fly as close as 15 million miles from the Sun – within the blazing solar atmosphere, known as the corona – closer than anything made by humanity has ever gone before.

Throughout its seven-year mission, Parker Solar Probe will make six more Venus flybys and 24 total passes by the Sun, journeying steadily closer to the Sun until it makes its closest approach at 3.8 million miles. At this point, the probe will be moving at roughly 430,000 miles per hour, setting the record for the fastest-moving object made by humanity.

Parker Solar Probe will set its sights on the corona to solve long-standing, foundational mysteries of our Sun. What is the secret of the scorching corona, which is more than 300 times hotter than the Sun’s surface, thousands of miles below? What drives the supersonic solar wind – the constant stream of solar material that blows through the entire solar system? And finally, what accelerates solar energetic particles, which can reach speeds up to more than half the speed of light as they rocket away from the Sun?

Scientists have sought these answers for more than 60 years, but the investigation requires sending a probe right through the unrelenting heat of the corona. Today, this is finally possible with cutting-edge thermal engineering advances that can protect the mission on its daring journey.

“Exploring the Sun’s corona with a spacecraft has been one of the hardest challenges for space exploration,” said Nicola Fox, project scientist at APL. “We’re finally going to be able to answer questions about the corona and solar wind raised by Gene Parker in 1958 – using a spacecraft that bears his name – and I can’t wait to find out what discoveries we make. The science will be remarkable.”

Parker Solar Probe carries four instrument suites designed to study magnetic fields, plasma and energetic particles, and capture images of the solar wind. The University of California, Berkeley, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and Princeton University in New Jersey lead these investigations.

Parker Solar Probe is part of NASA’s Living with a Star program to explore aspects of the Sun-Earth system that directly affect life and society. The Living with a Star program is managed by the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. APL designed and built, and operates the spacecraft.

The mission is named for Eugene Parker, the physicist who first theorized the existence of the solar wind in 1958. It’s the first NASA mission to be named for a living researcher.

Storm Takes Down Antennas at Memorial Ham Station on Swedish-Norwegian Border

The SJ9WL-LG5LG Morokulien memorial station on the border of Sweden and Norway is off the air after a large tree, brought down during a severe storm on August 10, caused extensive damage to the station’s antennas. According to one report, the station’s 100-foot tower was broken into pieces after the tree fell across three tower guys. That pulled the support structure toward the station building, but a third set of guys on the other side of the tower held and kept it from damaging the structure. The tower has been up for at least a decade.

“This is a unique place, because the radio shack is exactly on the border, and the users are obliged to use the call signs alternatively — one day SJ9WL and the next day LG5LG,” Henryk Kotowski, SM0JHF, told ARRL. Kotowski has operated from the station in the past, and a photo he shot at Morkulien appeared on the cover of the October 1996 issue of QST.

“This was a memorial station devoted to SM5WL and LA5LG,” Kotowski explained. “They both promoted Amateur Radio and supported disabled hams. Swedish and Norwegian hams took over the abandoned border checkpoint house 50 years ago and made a joint club station there.” He said the area is now devoted to recreation and includes a peace monument. With funds from station rentals, the association Amateur Radio in Morokulien (ARIM) maintains and manages the station, which may be the only one located on an international border in what ARIM calls a “ham state.” The station is designed to accommodate individuals with disabilities. The name Morokulien is a combination of the words for fun — moro in Norwegian, and kul in Swedish — plus a suffix indicating “in one place.”

Antennas on the support structure included an eight-element log periodic for HF plus a 6-meter Yagi and antennas for VHF and UHF. The antenna structure was topped with a VHF-UHF vertical. The tower also supported dipoles for the lower bands.

“Sweden has been haunted this summer by drought, wildfires, and, recently, heavy storms and rainfall,” Kotowski recounted.

The cottage in Morokulien had been booked for the weekend, but the reservation was canceled. This fall, clubs on both sides of the international border are planning a joint 50th anniversary celebration.

HAARP’s WSPR Research Campaign Yields Hundreds of Reports on 40 and 80 Meters

Just-completed research at the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) transmitters in Gakona, Alaska, successfully took advantage of the WSPR digital protocol and the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network (WSPRnet) on July 30 through August 1. University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Space Physics Group researcher and HAARP Chief Scientist Chris Fallen, KL3WX, told ARRL that the research — HAARP’s fourth research campaign under management of the University of Alaska Fairbanks — went well.

“My ‘citizen science’ experiments were funded by the National Science Foundation and were conducted for approximately 30 minutes at the end of each campaign day,” Fallen told ARRL. “They consisted of 2-minute transmissions using the WSPR digital mode in the 40- and 80-meter bands, with a 2-minute off period between transmissions.” He said HAARP transmitted in full-carrier, double-sideband AM because it does not have SSB capability. HAARP operated under its Part 5 Experimental license, WI2XFX, with Special Temporary Authority (STA) from the FCC to transmit on amateur bands.

“I systematically varied the HAARP transmission parameters, such as gain, net power, beam direction, and polarization, to see how they affected the reception reports collected in the WSPRnet.org database,” Fallen said. “During the 3 days, we gathered more than 300 confirmed reports of signal strength and location from nearly 100 unique participants throughout Canada and the US.”

Fallen said the spots, collected along with the corresponding HAARP transmission parameters, are available online, (1) and (2). He said the spreadsheet at the second link is editable by the public, “specifically by citizen scientists who want to manually add their spot or other interesting data analysis,” he added. “In this sense, the experiment continues.”

He said that HAARP’s low-elevation transmissions on 40 meters resulted in the greatest number of spots. “The 40-acre phased array antenna at HAARP, with its vertically oriented normal, is not designed for low-elevation transmissions, and so these directional experiments most likely included significant grating lobes in the opposite directions,” Fallen explained. “The most distant spot was located at grid EL96xi, near Boca Raton, Florida, reported by W1NEJ, from a distance of 6,154 kilometers. Interestingly, HAARP was aimed in the magnetic west direction during that spot. Those grating lobes!” A grating lobe occurs when the signal is steered too far with a phased array and the main beam reappears on the opposite side.

Fallen said a few Alaskans participated in the test, and all spots from there were on 80 meters, with the exception of a single 40-meter spot reported by KL4IU, located near Fairbanks. “KL4IU used a 30 MHz turnstile antenna recycled from the old Poker Flat Research Range imaging riometer, essentially a phased array HF receiver, that was destroyed by lightning many years ago,” he said.

HAARP and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico are planning to conduct heating campaigns this fall, Fallen noted, although not at the same time, as experimenters are shared.

Funding agencies for the recent HAARP research campaign included the National Science Foundation, Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Office of Naval Research, with experimenters from the Naval Research Laboratory, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eastern Michigan University, Cornell University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Alaska Fairbank

 

WEEKEND EDITION: Today's dumbass in air rage.....

New US Submarine Forces Commander is Radio Amateur

US Navy Vice Admiral Charles A. “Chas” Richard, W4HFZ, assumed command of US submarine forces during a change-of-command ceremony on August 4, held aboard the submarine USS Washington (SSN-787). He assumed command from Vice Admiral Joseph Tofalo. An ARRL Life Member, Richard, 58, is well-known in the AMSAT and APRS communities. He had been serving as the deputy commander of US Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

A radio amateur since 1974, Richard said on his qrz.com profile that he is active on 6 and 2 meters, as well as on HF when the VHF bands are closed. He also enjoys digital satellite operations. Richard has been on active US Navy duty since 1982. 

Foundations of Amateur Radio #166

The mysterious three phase power ...

There are times when you realise that you've always nodded your head when a particular topic came up and after doing that for long enough, you think you know what's going on.

Turns out that, no, you didn't, but that the topic itself was interesting enough to learn from. In my case, Three Phase Power. I came upon this topic over the past month while I struggled with power interruptions, blinking lights, weirdness throughout my house. Turns out that it's been happening for a lot longer than I've lived here.

After spending some time with the local power company, which I was told was filled with people who didn't care, turns out that they do, but they're busy people. After some back and forth, some logging, some finger pointing and head-scratching, the solution to my woes was to move me from the White Phase to the Blue Phase.

I nodded and smiled and everything was well with the world.

I know that there are three phases, Red, White and Blue. If you have overhead power in your street you'll likely notice four wires strung from pole to pole. One for each phase and one for neutral.

Apparently there's a standard for which is neutral and the order, but there are too many exceptions for me to spell that all out here, so I'll move on.

So, what's with these three phases?

If you spin a magnet between two coils you have a generator. As the magnet spins, the magnetic field increases through each coil, then peaks, then reduces, and as the next magnetic pole comes along, the magnetic field reverses, increases, peaks, reduces, etc.

If that sounds familiar, it's because I've just described a sine-wave. Every revolution of the magnet is a cycle and if you cycle, say 50 times, you get 50 cycles per second, or 50 Hz. For some countries it's not 50 Hz, but 60. Same thing, just faster.

That single set of opposing coils and magnet is a single phase. If you add another set of coils, 120 degrees further along, you get the same phenomenon, completely independently from the first set of coils.

That's the second phase. Rinse and repeat for the third phase.

To get that power to the rest of the suburb, you need to run a single wire for each phase and a common neutral wire, giving you the four wires that you see on a power pole.

Theoretically you could run with more phases, but you need to run more copper into the street, so power companies stopped at three.

You can think of these as three completely independent circuits, but they all share the same neutral, so there are some subtle interactions, like if the neutral becomes disconnected, bad news happens, especially in a place like Western Australia where ground conductivity is very poor.

In a normal home you'll get fed by one of those phases, in my case I changed over from the white phase to the blue phase. This means that each phase has a different set of users in the street. Roughly a third are using each phase.

Looking at the actual voltage and current that comes through at high enough resolution and you'll begin to recognise it as an RF spectrum with harmonics, variations, interference and other artefacts that make power show up as a varying feast, rather than the rock-solid expectation of 240V, 50 Hz you see on the sticker.

Three Phase Power, now you can nod along like I did and know how it actually works.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2128 for Friday, August 10, 2018

INDONESIAN AMATEURS RESPOND FOLLOWING DEADLY QUAKE

JIM/ANCHOR: We begin this week with breaking news. As an Indonesian earthquake's death toll climbs, hams deploy to assist communications. John Williams VK4JJW tells us more.

JOHN: Members of the Indonesian Amateur Radio Organisation, known as ORARI, were deployed not long after a deadly 6.9 magnitude quake rocked Indonesia on Sunday August 5th, leaving a death toll that was fast approaching 100 as Amateur Radio Newsline went to production. Hardest hit were the resort areas on Lambok where tourists emerged from a landscape of massive debris and swarmed the beaches. The quake could be felt as far away as the island of Bali. More than 300 were reported injured. The hams established counter-disaster communications on 7110kHz and a call was issued to amateurs worldwide to keep the frequency clear. Stations within the immediate region were being asked to monitor emergency traffic and assist where they could. ORARI also established radio operations on VHF at 145.5 MHz and 147 MHz. The quake came on the heels of an earlier one, on July 29th, which hit the same area with a magnitude of 6.4, killing 16 and injuring several hundreds, many of them hikers who were at the summit of a mountain in Lombok that collapsed into the mouth of a volcano.
For Amateur Radio Newsline I’m John Williams VK4JJW.

NO NEW BUILDING FOR HAMVENTION 2019

JIM/ANCHOR: In the U.S., hopes for a new building in time for next year's Dayton Hamvention have been dashed. Andy Morrison K9AWM has that report.

ANDY: There will be no new building after all for Hamvention 2019 when it opens in Xenia, Ohio next spring. Hamvention General Chairman Jack Gerbs WB8SCT announced on Aug. 5 that negotiations have failed to reach an agreement on a contract between Hamvention organizers and the Green County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. He said the county and the fair’s board still have a good relationship with Hamvention at this point but there will not be a building in time for the next gathering. Jack made the announcement jointly with Hamvention assistant chair Rick Allnutt WS8G, noting that the improvements attendees saw at the 2018 Hamvention site will continue into next year: tent shelters will be improved, there will be another forum room and the flea market area will feature permanent paths.
Both Rick and Jack expressed hope that the amateur radio community would continue to give Hamvention their full support.
For Amateur Radio Newsline I’m Andy Morrison K9AWM

YOUNG LADIES RADIO LEAGUE HOSTS SUCCESSFUL CONVENTION

JIM/ANCHOR: Further west in the U.S., a successful gathering of YLs wrap
ped up recently in Oklahoma City. We turn to Heather Embee KB3TZD for those details.

HEATHER: For attendees at this year’s Young Ladies Radio League Convention in downtown Oklahoma City, it’s all over now but the memories. YLRL president Marilyn Melhorn AF7BI welcomed the group of 43 YLs and 22 OMs who traveled from 21 states and the Canadian provinces. The local SCARS club sent five OMs to work as volunteers at the event, which ran from August 2nd to 5th. There was a forum on digital modes led by Ria Jairam N2RJ, rovering by Andrea Slack K2EZ and Mission Kosovo led by Jim Fenstermaker K9FJ. NASA research scientist Nancy Hall KC4IYH delivered the keynote speech at the convention banquet.

According to one member of the three-person organizing committee, Michelle Carey W5MQC, the prize table was chock full of goodies from convention sponsors and Saturday also featured Elmira roundtable sessions offering help on DMR, antennas, CW, logging, programming rigs and just about anything else. YLs got to make Morse Code bracelets. Carol Milazzo KP4MD treated the YLs to a talk on the right way to organize a DXpedition style holiday.

There were also moments of personal triumph: Pamela Saalbach KC3LCX became a General class and a new ham, Aria Cunningham, passed her Technican test. The YLRL convention only happens once every three or four years so these are memories – and moments – that are sure to last.

LAND MOBILE RADIOS GET NEW BAND IN NEW ZEALAND

JIM/ANCHOR: There's nothing like getting a new part of the spectrum and that's good news to land mobile radio users in New Zealand where Jim Meachen ZL2BHF has this report.

JIM: Almost everyone welcomes the approval of new radio bands to use and in New Zealand, a new band has been created for use by land mobile radios. It’s known as the G band and it allows transmissions between 174 MHz and 184 MHz. Users wanting to operate must possess licenses certified by an Approved Radio Engineer. Although the band became available for licencing effective the 2nd of August, licencees will not be able to begin transmissions until the 1st of September. According to RSM, the band is being made available following a technical consultation that took place in 2017. Use of the band is covered under Crown Spectrum Management Rights and a band plan is available on the website of Radio Spectrum Management, a business unit of the Ministry of Business. Learn more about the band plan by navigating from the home page at rsm dot govt dot nz (rsm.govt.nz).

HAM IN IRELAND GOES RECORD DISTANCE ON VHF

JIM/ANCHOR: A recent contact between a ham in Ireland and a ham off Africa's coast is being called a record. Ed Durrant DD5LP tells us how it happened.

ED: World records aren’t easy to come by so when Mark EI3KD made contact from his QTH in Ireland with D4Z on the Cape Verde Islands off Africa’s coast on the 5th of August, it was a big deal. For one thing, it was on CW at 144.300 MHz, and for another this was a distance of 4163 kilometres, or not quite 2600 miles. As reported on Southgate Amateur Radio News, this constitutes a new record for tropo in IARU Region 1, besting a record set in July 2015 of 4130 kilometres, or roughly 2560 miles. The news was first reported on the blog written by John EI7GL on Monday the 6th of August. The blog speculates that marine ducting most likely helped propagation. With marine ducting, the water’s surface and a layer in the lower atmosphere trap the VHF and UHF signals enabling them to travel a greater distance than normal.
August 5th was apparently a good day as well for D4Z, the Monteverde Contest Team, based in Cape Verde. The team also worked G7RAU and G4LOH on 2m SSB in the southwest of England.

'LAST MAN STANDING' CALLING QRZ

JIM/ANCHOR: If you are a fan of TV’s “Last Man Standing” but never got a QSL card from KA6LMS – the amateur radio station on the set – be near your shack on Tuesday the 14th of August. The Facebook page of the newly revived show has announced that even as the popular sitcom returns to the air this season – this time on Fox - its ham radio station is doing the same on HF. Be listening around 4 p.m. Pacific Time for KA6LMS club member Rob AA6RA. Rob is not only an original member of the club but was a VE who took part in the exam that gave the show’s star Tim Allen his license. Watch the show’s Facebook page and spotting sites for details.

HAMS SCORE HOME RUN HELPING BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS

JIM/ANCHOR: When the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York inducted six new membrs, hams helped keep things safe and orderly for tens of thousands of fans, as we hear from Neil Rapp WB9VPG.

NEIL: A crowd of about 53,000 turned out in Cooperstown New York to see six athletes inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame – but looking out for these tens of thousands was a much smaller crowd: ham radio operators who’d been activated under RACES to provide communications support at the event on behalf of the county’s office of emergency services.
Brian Webster N2KGC, the Otsego County Amateur Radio Officer and an ARRL District Emergency Coordinator, said about 15 amateurs were directly involved at stations on the air. He said another half dozen or so were assigned directly to various agencies where they also worked as communications technicians. Volunteers came from Otsego and three surrounding counties as members of the Oneonta Amateur Radio Club. They operated primarily on a 2 meter analogue repeater using two 440 analogue repeaters for backup near area hospitals.
July 29th was a big day for players Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Trevor Hoffman, Vladimir Guerrero, Jack Morris and Alan Trammell who drew the second largest crowd in the history of such inductions. Although a few medical transports were required, Brian said the big event was largely uneventful except of course for the inductions. The amateur radio operators’ role is significant at this event, Brian said, because you never know what dignitaries may show up or what kinds of security concerns there might be.
Baseball fans, if you think this meant a free pass to the event think again: Brian told Amateur Radio Newsline: [quote] “We only had two hams on the actual site and they were both involved supporting the EMA activities. The rest of us watched the ceremony on TV like many others.” [endquote]
Still, with a crowd that size, the teamwork scored a home run.

U.S. COAST GUARD HAS HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND GOOD SIGNAL REPORTS

JIM/ANCHOR: Members of two U.S. Coast Guard amateur radio groups kicked off the month of August by marking the Coast Guard's 228th birthday on the air. Kevin Trotman N5PRE tells us about the celebration.

KEVIN: What do birthday celebrations call for, other than a cake? Conversation, of course. There was plenty of conversation happening on the air Friday August 3rd and Saturday August 4th as two separate Coast Guard Ham Radio groups helped celebrate the U.S. Coast Guard’s 228th birthday.
According to Dick KE7A, president and trustee of the Coast Guard Amateur Radio Club, the event’s goal was to make hams more aware of Coast Guard history and to encourage more meaningful chatter instead of the usual rapid-fire exchanges found during such events. The Coast Guard CW Operators Association joined in the celebration on Friday by operating special event station K1CG on CW at 10 different locations, including Texas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Washington state. Members of this group are all Coast Guard veterans and have stood a CW watch in the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard stopped using CW in 1995.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Coast Guard Amateur Radio Club special event station W5CGC operated that Saturday on SSB, FT8, PSK31 and RTTY from 12 different locations including a park in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, Marine Mobile moored at Reedville, Virginia and aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Museum Ship in Key West, Florida. Dick said there are 915 members active in the U.S. Coast Guard’s Amateur Radio Club who are either active on duty in the Coast Guard or are veterans of the Coast Guard.
Band conditions were poor on both days but despite that the CW operators logged 95 QSOs on 4 bands and the Coast Guard ARC logged 512 on five bands.

SCOUTS BUSY WITH JAMBOREE PLANS AND K2BSA ACTIVATION

JIM/ANCHOR: Radio Scouts continue with their activations as Bill Stearns NE4RD tells us.

BILL: This week in Radio Scouting we have 1 activation of the K2BSA Callsign, Jamboree on the Air is just around the corner, and World Jamboree programs are coming together. Mike Cullen, K1NPT, will be activating K2BSA/1 at Camp Yawgoog in Rockville, RI  from August 19th through the 26th.  BSA Troop 3 out of Newport, RI will be heading to this camp, the fourth-oldest continuously run scout camp in the United States. Troop 3 will be operating 20M/40M/80M voice & digital using battery and solar power. Jamboree on the Air 2018 is the weekend of October 19th - 21st.  The JOTA-JOTI team have established trusted partnerships for connecting units digitally during the event with JOTI Radio, JOTI.TV, and Scoutlink.  JOTI Radio is the official JOTA-JOTI radio station with trusted partner status. They will be providing non-stop, live broadcasts throughout JOTA from their UK studios and are powered by the wonderful team at Avon Scout Radio.  JOTI.tv is another trusted partner that will gather all the webcams of scout groups all over the world and build them together in one big mosaic. This will give you a look inside JOTA-JOTI from the perspective of the participating stations. 
ScoutLink is a global, non-profit organisation that aims to connect Scouts and Guides from all over the world. They do this in many ways, but their 3 main services are IRC/Webchat (text chat), TeamSpeak (voice chat), and Minecraft.
Finally we're looking forward to NA1WJ at the World Jamboree next year in North America.  The team has been busy putting plans together and organizing the program offerings that will include Amateur Radio demo stations, ARDF on VHF and HF, multiple balloon launches with VHF APRS and HF WSPR payloads, and hopefully an ARISS contact.  Please stay tuned to our website for ways you can help the team provide these programs.
For more information on JOTA or Radio Scouting, or to signup for our JOTA newsletter, please visit our website at k2bsa.net.

IN MALAYSIA, A PREFIX AND A PARTY


JIM/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, if you happen to hear the prefix 9M61 on the air, you're hearing the sound of a special Malaysian celebration. Graham Kemp VK4BB tells us more.

GRAHAM: It’s been 61 years since Malaysia declared its independence, first known as the Federation of Malaya, with a new prime minister. The new country raised its own flag for the first time and everywhere there was dancing, bonfires and even fireworks. On the 16th of September 1963 the federation, along with North Borneo or Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore, formed into a larger federation of Malaysia. This year the ham radio community is setting off its own fireworks of sorts by calling QRZ under special event call signs that are regional, but all of them bear the prefix 9M61. The celebration is already ongoing and will be active through the 1st of September. Successful contacts can earn you four different certificates from the Malaysian DX and Contest Group at bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels. The event is in keeping with the mission of the contest group which is to promote and raise the profile for HF contesters and encourage DXing throughout Malaysia.

KICKER: BRITAIN'S INLAND WATERWAYS GET THEIR OWN EVENT


JIM/ANCHOR: Finally, amateurs who love radio - and radio by the water - have an event all their own in Britain as we learn from Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

JEREMY: Now here is an all-purpose event that would combine Bicycles on the Air, Boats on the Air and even Running Shoes on the air if they existed: It’s the British Inland Waterways on the Air event being held between the 25th and 27th of August – which is the August bank holiday weekend. Amateurs who are making use of reservoirs, rivers, lakes, canals and tow paths will be activating them either as individuals or as a club event, some even using Special Event Station call signs. A number of them may be using their own call signs while they operate portable or mobile. Stefan Lattimer 2E0VKM, a member of the Nunsfield House Amateur Radio Club, has been keeping track of which stations will be participating. Primary bands will be 40 meters and 2 meters but operators are not being restricted from using any band. The event is as a way of encouraging hams to use their radios to celebrate the UKs waterways and of course amateur radio. Organisers are hoping that everyone will, of course, be inspired by their closeness to the water and simply go with the flow.

FRIDAY EDITION: Yesterday was a wipe out for afternoon hf radio, we had torrential rain, thunder, and lighting. Well needed rainfall here on the island of Cape Ann....I hear rumor of a major personnel change at HRO in Salem, NH. Any truth to the rumors?....

IARUMS reports Kiwi-SDR can locate intruders in ham radio bands

IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports the online Kiwi-SDR (TDoA) bearing system is an excellent tool to find out the location of intruders in the amateur radio bands

IARUMS illustrate the effectiveness of Kiwi-SDR (TDoA) by pinpointing operation from a UK Sovereign Base Area in Cyprus in the 21 MHz band and UK fishery traffic operating in the 7 MHz band.

The newsletter also notes there was a KG84 encrypted STANAG-4481 transmission from south-west England on July 6 at 0628 GMT on 7101.7 kHz.

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 July 2018 newsletter can be read at
http://www.iarums-r1.org/iarums/news2018/news1807.pdf

Babcock slides containing maps showing location of DHFCS Strategic Radio Infrastructure in the UK and Overseas (HF Only)
http://hfindustry.com/meetings_presentations/presentation_materials/
2011_sept_hfia/presentations/
5_Babcock_HFIA_Presentation
_Sep_11.pdf


Reports of Amateur Band intruders can be logged on the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System Logger at
http://peditio.net/intruder/bluechat.cgi

Monitor the short wave bands on-line with a web based SDR receiver at
http://www.websdr.org/

Collegiate QSO Party to Debut in September

ARRL’s Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI) will sponsor the first Collegiate QSO Party in mid-September, just as the fall semester gets under way. The new operating event is part of the larger effort to promote a renaissance of Amateur Radio clubs on college and university campuses.

“Discussion of this sort of event has come up in multiple forums at hamfests,” the Milluzzi brothers — Andy, KK4LWR, and Tony, KD8RTT, told ARRL. “It gained more interest in the last couple of years and was a hot topic of debate at the ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative Forum at Hamvention® this past May. The rules were formulated by current students, faculty, and alumni of collegiate clubs. We are excited to see things materialize and are happy to help organize the event.”

The inaugural Collegiate QSO Party will get under way on Saturday, September 15, at 0000 UTC and continue until Sunday, September 16, at 2359 UTC. Using phone, CW, or digital modes, participants will exchange call sign, college or university name, or abbreviation and mascot, and operating class

“Existing contests are great for club activity, but there is a critical need to get collegiate stations on the air early in the semester and drum up attention,” Andy Milluzzi said. He said the ARRL School Club Roundup (SCR) has been popular with college students, but it’s later in the semester, when college students are more deeply involved with their studies. The Society of Midwest Contesters also created the North American Collegiate Championship in conjunction with the North American QSO Party (NAQP) SSB event. Andy Milluzzi said the Collegiate QSO Party hopes to capitalize on the success of both events.

In a nutshell, the concept is an Amateur Radio operating event that focuses on collegiate Amateur Radio, with the goal of promoting student activity, alumni engagement, and community awareness. The contest is open to all radio amateurs, including school clubs from around the world, the Milluzzis said. There is no explicit bonus for DX and no US-specific awards. Points may be earned by individuals, clubs, and collegiate stations. New hams are welcome and collegiate clubs are encouraged to accommodate newcomers.

Full details on the Collegiate QSO Party will appear in the September 2018 issue of QST.   

All India Radio shortwave external service in doubt

The Hindustan Times reports there are questions over future of All India Radio (AIR) shortwave external service

The external services division of All India Radio (AIR) is caught in a turf war between the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB), which runs it and the ministry of external affairs (MEA), which is expected to fund it.

While the MIB wants the service to continue and even expand; MEA has been suggesting shutting down the programmes, pointing out that the service offered through short wave transmission has outlived its utility and does not attract listeners abroad, said an MIB official aware of the developments.

According to this MIB official, the service, which was started soon after the outbreak of World War II has emerged as a bone of contention between the two ministries, as the cost of running the shows is high and the MEA has been unwilling to pick the tab.

Read the full story at
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/i-b-ministry-and-mea-at-odds-over-all-india-radio-external-service/story-k8CDvm9gmYSJ4gDzuYrHiK.html

THURSDAY EDITION: Today's dumbass taking a "selfie"....Saudi Arabia does it right.....I wonder when the ARRL will sanction WAS, WAC, and DXCC via Echolink for the new no code Tech Lite hams? A new ham in he club asked me if he could get Worked All States using Echolink.....

4U1UN UN Amateur Radio Club Operation Could Resume Later this Year

Outside of beacon signals, 4U1UN, the Amateur Radio club station at United Nations Headquarters in New York, has not been heard on the air since 2015, and only then under the commemorative 4U70UN call sign marking the UN’s 70th anniversary that fall, with operation from a ground-level garden area within the UN Headquarters complex. That could change soon. The 4U1UN station, once within the iconic UN building, was dismantled in 2010 and antennas removed in advance of extensive building renovations. But room for 4U1UN — which counts as a separate DXCC entity — was not allocated in the new building layout. UN staffer James Sarte, K2QI, the president of the United Nations Amateur Radio Club (UNARC), said in late July that “red tape” has been a roadblock to getting 4U1UN back on the air.

“It’s taken us years just to get the administration and security to allow us to resume beacon operations,” he told DX-World.net. “Security protocols became much tighter after 9/11. And when renovations [for] the Secretariat were completed, staff were no longer permitted to engage in any activities above the [Secretary-General’s] floor. That said, we’re slowly working to restore operations.”

Negotiations have been continuing off and on for a few years now, but Sarte says that any notion of returning to staffed operations from the station’s former forty-first-floor annex is a thing of the past. “Any such activity from the club will have to be done remotely from a broadcast booth that was loaned to us by the UN’s broadcast services section,” he explained. “The good news, however, is that new equipment was recently donated to the club that would make that a reality. The transceiver, amplifier, and associated network equipment are now in place. We also had a dedicated closed network line installed primarily for that purpose.” Operation would take place from UN Headquarters grounds.

Sarte said the remaining task is to install an antenna and begin testing, which, he estimated, should happen this month, and may already have begun.

“I know many have been waiting for the return of 4U1UN. No one wants to see it back on the air more than I do, but please understand that support for Amateur Radio operations by the [UN] administration has waned over the years. To get where we are today took a lot of cajoling and negotiation.” Most of the burden has fallen on Sarte, who said his workload has increased, plus funds are tight. “But I do promise that 4U1UN will be back on the air soon,” he concluded.

4U1UN is the 34th most-wanted DXCC entity, ahead of such Swain’s Island, Myanmar, and Yemen. Max de Henseler, HB9RS (SK), spearheaded the effort to establish a UN Headquarters Amateur Radio station in 1978. Before that, a UN Amateur Radio station operated as K2UN.

ARRL Board of Directors’ Committee Seeks Input for Proposed ARES Strategic Plan

Following up on an ARRL Board of Directors directive at its July meeting, the Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG) has contacted all ARRL Section Managers (SMs) and Section Emergency Coordinators (SECs) seeking comments and suggestions regarding the proposed ARES Strategic Plan, via an online form. The deadline is October 31, in order to give the PSEWG sufficient time to review the comments and suggestions, formulate any necessary revisions, and submit the revised document to the Board for consideration at its January meeting.

Created in 1935, ARES has undergone very few changes over the years, while the agencies ARES serves have undergone many. The PSEWG evaluated the ARES program for 2 years and drafted several proposed enhancements aimed at updating the program.

The ARES Strategic Plan introduces changes and a platform for future growth. For many, this will represent a major paradigm shift; for others, it will formalize many of the requirements they have employed routinely for several years.

An independent team of individuals experienced in ARES and emergency work from across the US has reviewed the proposed plan. Their suggestions and recommendations were carefully considered, and many were included in the plan during its development.

Now, the ARRL Board wants SMs and SECs to have the opportunity to offer comments on the recommended changes prior to implementation of the plan. While SMs and SECs are invited to reach out to their Emergency Coordinators (ECs) for their thoughts and feedback, formal responses must be submitted through SMs and SECs.

The PSEWG asks SMs an SECs to keep their comments respectful, concise, and on point, and to keep in mind that the ARES framework must remain as close to universal as possible, even while participants in some geographical areas may require specific training that others do not need. Mutual aid pacts may require training specific to adjacent jurisdictions.

Also, SMs and SECs are reminded that specific agency agreements and needs must be honored. Those having concerns about a proposed new policy are requested to offer alternatives.

WEDNESDAY EDITION: It was nice to drop in on 3928 yesterday and talk to a few real hams around dinnertime. It was mentioned that a noon lunch at HRO this Thursday might be happening. stay tuned....

HELP

The 2018 Boxborough convention is falling short of its volunteer needs
this year. Volunteers are needed to help in the parking lots, at the
ticketing tables, and to assist forum speakers.

If you donate two hours of your time, you will be given a voucher that
can be exchanged for a free lunch.

See: http://boxboro.org/volunteer http://boxboro.org/volunteer to sign up!

Radio hams assist in California fire response

The ARRL reports Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) volunteers have pitched in to assist where needed to provide or support communication as catastrophic wildfires have struck California

Volunteers from multiple ARRL Sections in the state have stepped up to help, as some fires remain out of control. The fires have claimed several lives, destroyed more than 1,000 homes, and forced countless residents to evacuate, including radio amateurs.

ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, said this week that things have calmed somewhat compared to the past couple of weeks, with American Red Cross shelter communicators stepping down after 10 days of support. Initially, there were four shelters in Redding. On August 5, the Shasta-Tehama ARES team was able to take its communications trailer to Trinity County to support a shelter in Weaverville opened for Carr Fire evacuees, he said.

“This relieved the Sacramento County ARES volunteers who had been up there for several days,” Kruckewitt said. “For mutual assistance to Weaverville, it is a 4.5- to 5.5-hour drive for the Sacramento Valley Section people who helped out. Communications at the shelter have been important, as power and cell phone coverage is often spotty, with power going off for hours at a time.”

CalFire reports that the Carr Fire in Shasta and Trinity counties covers more than 167,000 acres and is 47% contained. Evacuations and road closures are in effect. At one point, more than a dozen ARES volunteers from Shasta, Sacramento, Butte, Placer, and El Dorado counties were working at shelters opened in the wake of the Carr Fire.

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/view/amateur-radio-emergency-service-volunteers-assist-in-california-fire-response

Hamvention officials: No new building for 2019

CQ Magazine report there will still be tents for some commercial exhibitors at next year's Dayton Hamvention.

In one of their first acts as leaders of the 2019 Hamvention, General Chairman Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, and Assistant General Chairman Rick Allnutt, WS8G, announced on August 5th that they had been unable so far "to reach an agreement on a long-term contract (with Greene County officials) where both the Fairgrounds and Hamvention would feel comfortable erecting a new building."

The announcement was made "in the spirit of being transparent," they said. Gerbs and Allnut stressed that the overall relationship between the Dayton Amateur Radio Association and Greene County remains excellent and the Hamvention will continue to be held at the fairgrounds in Xenia. They cited improvements made for the 2018 show and promised more for 2019. However, a new commercial exhibits building will not be among them.


The 2019 Dayton Hamvention is scheduled for May 17-19.

CQ Magazine
http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/

BIRDS-2 CubeSats to Deploy from ISS on August 10

According to Masa Arai, JN1GKZ, Japan’s space agency JAXA has announced that three BIRDS-2 CubeSats with APRS digipeaters will deploy from the International Space Station on August 10. The trio — BHUTAN-1, MAYA-1, and UiTMSat-1 — will transmit 30 minutes after deployment. Initial mode should be CW on 70 centimeters; each satellite uses the same frequency of 437.375 MHz.

The normal transmission order is BHUTAN-1 (JG6YKL), MAYA-1 (JG6YKM), and UiTMSat-1 (JG6YKN). Each CubeSat also has an APRS digipeater on 145.825 MHz. Because the CubeSats will be released at the same time, it’s possible that the beacon signals from three CubeSats will interfere with each other as they will turn on at almost at the same time, making copy difficult.

Once on, one of the first things it does is transmit the beacon signal, but the CubeSats are programmed so that each will wait a certain amount of time before transmitting the beacon signal. The first satellite released will be the first to transmit, but it will remain silent for long enough to let other two satellites finish their beacon transmissions.

TUESDAY EDITION: I survived having a spot of cancer taken off my face yesterday morning. I joked with the Dr. that I better start using sunscreen: He laughed and said you should have 30 years ago, what I took out is past damage from a long time go. So I guess I don't need to start now.....Remember when you used to fit in a Dr. appt around activities and daily life....and now as you get older schedule your activities between Dr. appts.?

The Perseid meteor shower is underway

Earth is entering a stream of debris from giant comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, parent of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

Although the shower is not expected to peak until next weekend, NASA all-sky cameras are already detecting dozens of Perseid fireballs every night over the USA.

This early activity may be a good omen for the nights ahead, especially Aug. 11th-13th when Earth is expected to pass through the densest part of the comet's debris zone.

Visit Spaceweather.com for more information and observing tips

Youngsters on the Air South Africa 2018 Kicks Off this Week

Starting on August 6, dozens of young radio amateurs from IARU Region 1 will gather for a week in South Africa for Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) South Africa 2018 in the Gauteng region of South Africa. A summertime gathering in the past, YOTA South Africa 2018 will take place during the Southern Hemisphere winter. Some 80 young radio amateurs — including 13-year-old Faith Hannah Lea, AE4FH, of Florida — will represent more than 30 countries at the event.

In addition to Amateur Radio, YOTA South Africa 2018 will offer the opportunity for participants to learn about different nationalities and cultures, foster international goodwill, and learn new communication and technical skills. Participants will be building a radio kit, be introduced to SDR, build model CubeSats that will be launched into near-space, participate in the launching and tracking of a high-altitude balloon carrying various other radio equipment onboard, and learn more about Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio (RaDAR) and working amateur satellites.

The program for the week includes an excursion to a game reserve to experience African wildlife and the South African countryside. The young campers will take turns at the helm of special event station ZS9YOTA on 160 through 10 meters. — Thanks to SARL



New England Hams you might run across 75 meters.........

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
2017 HRO CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
W1GEK- Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big motor home, electronics software engineer ...
AA1SB- Neil...Living large traveling the country with his girlfriend...loves CW
N1YX- Igor....peddles quality Russian keys, software engineer
K1BGH...Art.....Restores cars and radio gear, nice fella...
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
WS1D- Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
KB1VX- Barry- the picture says it all, he loves food!
KC1BBU- Bob....the Mud Duck from the Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of noise.
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat
connoisseur,
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT

KA1BXB-Don....75 meter Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and playing radio
KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 

K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the ham fests
K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired
Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
KD1ZY- Warren....3910 regular with WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE signal
N1YSU- Bob,  easy going, kind of like Mr. Rogers until politics are brought up then watch out...
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .

Silent KeyVA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day.
Silent Key K1BHV- David...PITA
W1JSH- Mort...Air Force man
Silent Key K1MAN--Glen....PITA
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired

Silent KeyWB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key
WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:
N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio....